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Charles “Charlie” Chaplin (1889 – 1977)

Born: Charles Spencer Chaplin
April 16, 1889

Charlie_ChaplinCharlie Chaplin is arguably the best known comedian of all time, and was perhaps the most influential screen actor/film maker of the silent era.  His screen persona as “The Tramp” began at Keystone Studios in 1914. After a quick succession of work at other studios, including Essanay, Mutual and First National, Chaplin co-founded United Artists and began making feature-length films. The last hold out to the silent era, Chaplin’s first “talkie” was The Great Dictator (1940). Of his body of work, four feature films are included on the 1001 list, including: The Gold Rush (1925), City Lights (1931), Modern Times (1936) and Monsieur Verdoux (1947). Controversial in both his public and private life, Chaplin received an Honorary Academy Award in 1972 for his contributions to film (Klaus Ming February 2013).

2 comments on “Charles “Charlie” Chaplin (1889 – 1977)

  1. TSorensen

    And rarely has an Honorary Academy Award been so well deserved. The scandal is that it took so long for the Academy to recognize him. I saw a clip on youtube from the ceremony and it was heartbreaking.

  2. Klaus

    Indeed! I’ve seen the clip as well. His treatment was shameful.

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